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Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards In October 2006, Congress passed Section 550 of the DHS Appropriations Act of 2007, Pub. L. 109-295, authorizing and requiring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to regulate

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ChemicalFacility

Anti-TerrorismStandards

InOctober2006,CongresspassedSection550oftheDHS

AppropriationsActof2007,Pub.L.109-295,authorizingand

requiringtheDepartmentofHomelandSecurity(DHS)toregulate

securityatchemicalfacilitiesthatDHSdetermines,initsdiscretion,

arehigh-risk.Toimplementthisauthority,DHSissuedthe

ChemicalFacilityAnti-TerrorismStandardsregulation(CFATS)in

2007.UnderCFATS,facilitiesthathavebeenfinallydeterminedby

DHStobehigh-riskarerequiredtodevelopandimplementSite

SecurityPlans(SSPs)orAlternativeSecurityPrograms(ASPs)that

meetapplicablerisk-basedperformancestandards(RBPS).

Facilitiesaredeterminedtobehigh-riskbaseduponDHSanalysisofaTop-Screen,SecurityVulnerability

Assessment,and/oranASP.High-riskfacilitiesmustsubmitanSSPorASPforDHSapproval.Ifafter

completingitsinitialreviewofthesedocuments,theDepartmentbelievesthatthefacilityhasmetthe

applicablestandards,theDepartmentwillissuethefacilityaLetterofAuthorizationforitsSSPorASPand

conductanauthorizationinspection.FacilitieswhoseSSPsorASPsaredeterminedtofullysatisfyRBPSare

issuedaletterofapproval.

FollowingtheissuanceofaLetterofApproval,thefacilitymustfullyimplementitsSSPorASPinorderto

maintaincompliancewithCFATS.DHSmayconductcomplianceinspectionsorauditsfromtimetotimeto

confirmthefacilityisimplementingitsSSPorASPasapproved.Thefacilityalsomustconductanannual

auditofitsowncompliancewithitsapprovedSSPorASP.

CFATSIsHelpingtoReducePotentialSecurityRisks

Theactivitiesdescribedabovearehavingarealimpactinreducingpotentialrisksassociatedwithchemicalfacilities

acrosstheNation:

Inadditiontothemanyfacilitiesthathaveenhancedtheirsecurityposturesincetheprogram’sinception,

morethan1,600facilitieshavecompletelyremovedtheirCOIandmorethan700otherfacilitieshave

reducedtheirCOIholdingstolevelsresultinginthefacilitiesnolongerbeingconsideredhigh-risk.

ThechemicalindustryalsobelievesthatCFATSishavingapositiveimpact.InAugust2011,theAmerican

ChemistryCouncil(ACC)conductedasurveyofCFATS-regulatedfacilityownerscoveringapproximately

800facilitiesandreceivedover130responses.Amongotherthings,theACCsurveyfoundthatthe

majorityofrespondentsbelievethatcompanieshavemadesubstantialinvestmentsinsecurityupgradesasa

resultofCFATS,companiesplantomakeadditionalinvestmentsfollowingDHSapprovaloftheirSSPs,and

extendingCFATSwillimprovechemicalsecurityatCFATS-regulatedfacilities.


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DHSComplianceAssistanceandOutreach

DHShasdevelopedavarietyoftoolstofacilitatecompliancewithCFATS:

TheCSATHelpDeskprovidestimelysupporttochemicalfacilityownersandoperatorsaswellasaCFATS

tip-lineforanonymouschemicalfacilitysecurityreporting.Itcanbereachedat1-866-323-2957,orat

[email protected]

[email protected]ions,articles,and

documentsrelatingtoCFATSandAmmoniumNitratePrograms.Itcanbefoundbyvisiting

www.dhs.gov/criticalinfrastructure.

ChemicalSecurityInspectorsandotherDHSsubjectmatterexpertsareavailabletoprovideguidanceto

facilitiesthroughoutreachmeetings,calls,andotherengagements.

ContactInformation

Formoreinformationvisit:www.dhs.gov/criticalinfrastructure.ToaskaDepartmentrepresentativetospeakonthe

ChemicalFacilityAnti-TerrorismStandards(CFATS)regulatoryprogram,[email protected]

February2012


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